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March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Sports Park racing season to bring plenty of thrills

Ada —    The Oklahoma Sports Park will kick off its 20th season of racing Saturday with an always popular Enduro Race, and general manager George Welch promises the local dirt track will provide its usual thrills and chills throughout 2014.

   “With a larger variety of shows and the usual edge-of-your-seat excitement, we plan on fans leaving every night wanting more,” Welch said.

   Along with the racers who will show up weekly to test their skills on the fast 4/10 mile oval headlining the show, the OSP will also feature a number of special attractions this season. The track is located 10 miles northwest of Ada on SH 3W. Regular racing classes include Modified, Sport Mod, Factory Stock, Pro Street and Pure Stock.

   And it all starts with Saturday’s Enduro Race.

   “If you have never been to one of these, you will be in for a treat. There are no yellow flags to slow the race down — only green and red,” Welch explained. “Cars are stock, factory with only the glass removed.”

   Welch expects 50-plus cars to start the 150-lap race.

   “Cars, wheels, bumpers — whatever comes off on the track stays on the track unless the track is completely blocked. It becomes one wild race,” he said, adding that the winner’s prize is $1,000.

   Other highlights of the 2014 racing season include:

   • April 11-12, 20th Annual Spring Fling. That race will feature the usual lineup of competitors plus many more from around the state to compete for a $12,000-plus purse.

   • April 19, Red River Vintage Cars on display. Fans will get to see these vintage beauties during a hot lap before regular Saturday night races begin. The Red River Vintage Cars will return to the OSP on Aug. 2.

   • April 26, Wingless Oklahoma Warriors Sprint Cars. “WOW sprints are wingless spring cars that race wheel to wheel for unequaled excitement,” Welch said. WOW Sprint Cars will return to the OSP on May 24, June 14, July 12, Aug. 23 and Sept. 20.

   The Oil Capital Racing Series Sprint Cars will also be making their normal appearances in 2014, beginning with their first race on May 10.  The OCRS sprints will return on July 26 and will gather for the seventh annual Oklahoma State Championships on Sept. 13.

   “The OCRS sprints are always a crowd favorite,” Welch said. “Circling the track at 135 mils per hour on average has a little bit to do with it.”

   One of the biggest nights on the OSP racing calendar will be July 5, when FMX motorcyle racer Derek Cook makes a return trip to the local dirt track. There will also be a midseason Enduro race that night, along with OSP’s usual dazzling fireworks display.

   “We expect that night to be one of the biggest nights of the year. After last year’s standing room-only crowd, Derek Cook’s second round will only get more exciting. You don’t want to miss his flying motorcycle acrobatics,” Welch said.

   The end of the 2014 racing schedule includes an Enduro Race on Sept. 27 and the Oklahoma Dirt Championships on Sept. 19-20. The Stock Car Nationals and Sports Mod Nationals are scheduled for Oct. 1-4.

   The usual local favorites, including Mechanic Races, Powder Puff races for the ladies, Bicycle Races for the kids and Fan Appreciation nights will also be sprinkled into the 2014 schedule.

   “Our motto will never change,” Welch said. “We’ll always be ‘The Family Place to Race.’”

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